[Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Maureen Olvey
A friend of mine has two FeLV + cats, littermates about 8 months old, and one has developed jaundice. He has lost a ton of weight also. The last couple of days he doesn't want to eat although he's not laying around or lethargic. Anyone had experience with this? Anything that can be done or

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Terri Brown
In my experience, if the cat is obviously jaundiced, it may be too late to reverse it. That being said, I am NOT a Vet or a Vet Tech, so I would recommend a trip to the Veterinarian ASAP. The Vet may have your friend try liver support/treatment. I had a FeLV negative though who became

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Natalie
It may not be just jaundice, it could be hepatic lipidosis, which is very serious! Blood test is a must, and force feeding, fluids (sub-q), and antibiotics are required! I had a cat last summer that went down to 4.5 lbs, to the point where they wanted to insert a feeding tube through nose or

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Beth
Vet. Immediately. Maureen Olvey molvey...@hotmail.com wrote: A friend of mine has two FeLV + cats, littermates about 8 months old, and one has developed jaundice. He has lost a ton of weight also. The last couple of days he doesn't want to eat although he's not laying around or lethargic.

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Sharyl
To build on what Natalie has written.  Jaundice is a sign of liver issues.  Hepatic Lipidosis is cured by food.  Please tell your friend to get the kitty to a vet ASAP.  Time is of the essence.  She can either assist feed with a syringe or get an e-tube to get the calories into the kitty. It

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread molveywda
She took him to the vet. I think it was Friday. He just said it was because of the FeLV. I don't think he recommended anything but maybe because it's a cat in our foster system and he didn't think we would want to spend a lot of money on it. I don't know for sure. The vet did some

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Sharyl
Food is the cure for FHL.  She needs to get some good syringes and start assist feeding both kitties ASAP.  Have her blend a jar of meat baby food (no onions or garlic) with a can of kitten food.  If she blends it well enough won't have to dilute with water.  Has more caloreis than A/D.  What

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Natalie
I agree, assist-feed is a much better term for “force-feeding”, because one should never force a cat because it only adds to their stress; it’s also important to remain calm because they can sense your stress! I don’t feed as much at one time as is always suggested because I choose to feed

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread Diane Rosenfeldt
I agree that this kitty needs to be looked at for lipidosis. My Luc had a bout with this several years ago – he had stopped eating and we didn’t immediately notice, never did find out the reason although the vet suspected a touch of pancreatitis. We had a feeding port implanted in his esophagus, a

Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

2012-03-21 Thread KG BarnCats
Ask about an appetite stimulant such as cyproheptadine or mirtazipine. I have had feeding tubes put in several times and would never hesitate to get another. Helping Hands in Richmond Va is an awesome low cost surgery, and a feeding tube is only $125 total. One thing to watch out for with